Applying basic teaching skills
Any person in the world who has been through the difficult experience of enduring a remarkably boring professor in our high school have learned the hard way that being knowledgeable in a subject doesn't automatically make us good teachers. It is a matter of common sense that nobody can properly teach anything they're not proficient in, like math teachers need to know math, or language teachers need to write and speak fluently the language of their choice. But that's not enough. These is a wide range of communicational and didactic skills that any teacher needs to master before succeeding at being at the front of any class or learning group.
Some areas of knowledge have their own particular set of skills required from their teachers. For example, the dreaded math teacher needs to be able to show students how to think logically and understand how numbers and abstract operations work. A dance teacher needs to be fit and trained in order to endure multiple classes with a varying level of physical exigence. And the list goes on.
What we want to focus on here is that set of skills that is required for teaching anything successfully. Once you've dominated these, you will become better at anything you want to teach. Simultaneously, any field will be useful to train youself in these skills, because they are universal. You can practice with an easier area, and then move on to teaching more complex subjects.
All-purpose training: cooking classes
Cooking is one of the simplest things you can teach. It's something concrete and practical, and highly structured. You must follow a recipe in the right order, and you have the chance to add a few tips to the lesson that will make it more interesting and personal. Cooking classes can be relatively brief, and they're usually simple, with a langue that, although specific, is also very easy to follow. Few people consider cooking classes as good teaching training, but as a matter of fact they are excellent for developing our communication skills and our capacity to structure a class and convey knowledge.
First of all, and just like any other subject, if you want to teach a cooking class first you have to learn how to cook. If you take cooking classes yourself, you can take the chance and observe your teacher critically. You can learn from your instructor and imitate what you see works with other students, as well as observe flaws and correct them when you become the instructor yourself.
When you teach a recipe, you need to speak clearly and communicate ideas. You need to work on your social skills so you can attract the attention and keep the motivation of the class. You need to be organized and remember clearly the steps you must take, without letting anxiety or insecurity scramble your thoughts. Starting up with a simple class is the best way to improve your basic teaching skills. But that's not the only thing teaching a cooking class is good for!
Teach a cooking class and make money
Did you know that people around the world have made quite a buck at teaching cooking classes? We are getting tired of industrialized food, so more and more people want to learn how to cook themselves, as well as get in closer contact with cuisines and styles of different cultures and their particular take on meals and cooking. Healthy food, vegan food and homemade food are trending and teaching cooking classes has suddenly become a quite interesting job option.
There are even companies that help people cash in on their knowledge in food and cooking. Businesses like Guest in the City, a website that allows people from the USA or from the UK to take a cooking class in Paris directly from a local, non-professional host, are great opportunities for those who are skilled in the kitchen and would like to share their knowledge in exchange for new and interesting experiences with foreigners and, why not, also a profit.
Options like these are interesting because you don't need to be certified as a chef or a teacher. Your knowledge and your skills will be enough. If you like cooking and would like to teach cooking classes, we suggest that you do some research and find places like those. Teaching how to cook will help you become better at teaching more complex and abstract subjects, so you can also take it as part of a training for working in other areas as an instructor.
Finally, click here to read more about cooking classes tips and tricks. There are so many recipes (salads, main courses, pastries) and so many variations that the possibilities are endless. Remember to cook with quality ingredients and fresh produce, respect ingredient weights and proportions, and control cooking times.